For many years now, Emmanuel College has proudly supported Mission Educate and their projects in Mozambique, in particular, the King of Kings school. In September, a team went over to assist with providing new equipment as well as training and assistance for the staff. The team included one former Emmanuel student (Caitlin Zipf), two Emmanuel parents (Serena Zipf and Peter Wilkinson) and two former Emmanuel staff members (Lyn and David Bewley).
It was a very successful visit with all goals being achieved. The team stepped in and got the following tasks completed which are going to have a huge impact on the school and community.
- Assisted in completing a prep play area including sand fill, painting the fence and assembling and installing the play equipment which was donated by Emmanuel College and sent previously in the container, and showing teachers and students how to use it with a class.
- Unpacking equipment from the container and setting up the Prep storeroom and showing teachers how to use some of the equipment.
- Tidying up the science prep room and showing teachers how to use some of the equipment.
- Training teachers to use the robotics equipment donated by Emmanuel College.
- Teaching demonstration English lessons.
- Teaching oral health lessons.
- Meeting with all yr 12 classes to encourage them about the future beyond school.
- Filming interviews with selected students and teachers in their home environments.
- Presenting sessions at the Teachers Seminar including discussing a Mozambican version of the Emmanuel Compass as well as the Calling of them as Teachers, teaching Character Development, Teaching English, using Science Equipment, using Prep Playground Equipment.
The Team and their family and friends also provided additional funds totalling $4300, with special thanks to Gordon Johnstone, Eunice Franklin and Andrew Tuppen for their donations towards the equipment which were allocated to the following:
- Setting up the prep playground – provision of block wall, sand fill, fence etc)
- Musical instruments (2 guitars, Base guitar, 2 amps, 2 microphones and stands)
- 2 basketballs
- Providing and Installing basketball rings
- Providing and Installing volleyball posts and net
- Additional English teaching resources
- Resources for a very very poor Christian school
Although it was a very busy time for the team, there was a lot of time spent time
with students and teachers, developing relationships and enjoying time together. They visited local villages, local markets, Beira city and surrounds, and the “road to Mungassa”.
There was some time for worship and the team led students and staff in devotions
and giving personal testimonies.
It was a time of growth and challenge, but we were blessed and look forward to seeing further progress updates in the future.